Root Causes of Skin Disorders According to Ayurveda
When skin problems are present, excess Pitta Dosha is usually at the root of it with Vata and Kapha contributing depending on the individual’s current state and any diseases. This is because Pitta and it’s Sub-Doshas are in charge of our digestion, metabolism, blood quality, and our appetite and thirst levels. All of these factors directly impact the skin.
Here are three previous articles we have written that give specific practices and Ayurvedic medicines for healing acne and skin disorders and balancing Pitta.
The rest of this article will focus on one of our amazing tailams, Ayyappala Coconut Skin Oil, and how it can be used/prescribed to help heal skin disorders.
Indications to Use
Why Ayyappala Coconut Skin Oil Works
When healing skin disorders Pitta is almost always the first Dosha to balance, especially when it comes to conditions with inflammation and infection. Coconut oil, the base for this thailam, is cooling for the inside and outside of the body. It is used widely in other natural medicine traditions as well, and has even come into mainstream attention. Coconut oil has saturated fats that keep the skin moist when used externally as well as internally in cooking. Lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid are present in coconut oil that have strong disinfectant and microbial properties, hence its ability to heal and prevent fungal skin problems and infections.
The next ingredient in this thailam is Svetakutaja, also known as Wrightia tinctoria. It is a deciduous tree native to India and Burma. The leaves, seeds and bark are often used in preparations. This use of Svetakutaja is TriDoshic and specifically is used to relieve fever, stomachache, psoriasis, dermatitis and dandruff.
Neem is the third and last ingredient in this thailam. It is also known as Nimba or Azadirachta indica. It is the first plant mentioned in the Siddha system of medicine, which is believed to be around 10,000 years old. Back then and in more recent times it has been used in various remedies to heal skin diseases, ulcers, bleeding gums and hair loss, just to name a few. This is because of its antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties. It also strengthens the immune system!
Overall Ayyappala Coconut Skin Oil has these three powerhouse ingredients that are TriDoshic along and together are especially Pitta and Kapha-pacifying. The more severe the condition, the more often this oil should be used for abhyanga. For Pitta and Vata type people, leave the oil on for one hour. For Kapha people, leave it on for half an hour.
There are also several common product combinations to heal skin disorders. Daily abhyanga is practiced with Ayyappala Skin Oil along with 1 - 2 Manjishtadi Kwatham Tablets taken once or twice a day to heal psoriasis and eczema. Abhyanga with Ayyappala Coconut Oil is also combined with 1 – 2 Mahatiktam Kashayam Tablets once or twice a day to heal abscesses, allergic dermatitis, hives, fungal infections and skin disorders with an infection.
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Contributing Source & Editor: Dr. JV Hebbar
One of the most senior Ayurvedic experts of our time, Padma Bushan Dr. P.K. Warrier the Managing Trustee and Medical Director of the 118-year-old Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, India talks briefly on the Ayurvedic potential for the current coronavirus pandemic.
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